Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One is an acclaimed Batman graphic novel and storyarc written by Frank Miller known for his critically acclaimed works such as; Daredevil, Sin City and The Dark Knight Returns, and drawn by artist David Mazzucchelli. In my opinion this is an essential and the definitive origin of The Dark Knight. The story was released in the 1980s, a decade which saw a growing increase in; crime, poverty, corruption, violence and political commentary on nuclear warfare in America. In the comic industry a new wave of writers and artist would appear and represent these issues in several critical acclaimed comics such as; Watchmen (Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons), The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller) and The Sandman (Neil Gaiman). This movement would become famously known as The British Invasion of comics, as writers of British origin; Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman, to name a few saw themselves being recruited by DC comics to take over from their American predecessors. The writers’ stories and writing style would also see the transition of Comic Books being called Graphic Novels because of their mature content.

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